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CD 1 already…..

Well my body decided to move on all by itself. Even though today was my last birth control pill and I am on Lupron they couldn’t hold off AF from showing. So we are officially on cycle day one of our first (and hopefully only) IVF. I called my IVF coordinator and I am scheduled for my baseline ultrasound and E2 check on Thursday morning. She said they like to have you on Lupron for at least 7 days prior to starting stims, but if everything looks okay we might begin sooner. Thursday will be day 5 of Lupron. They also need to check me for my Rubella titers and give me all the surgery information/guidelines.

It should be an interesting visit. I am just hoping that everything is nice and quiet and we can start stims quickly and get a move on. I am ready to have this whole journey moving. It has been such a long time coming. We are coming up on almost five years of trying to conceive. So many ups and downs, laughing and crying, and just a tiring time. It has made me a stronger person though and I have learned not to take things for granted and to live each day to its fullest. It has also taught me that it is okay to take time for ME and not always worry about everyone else. I have to make sure that I am in a good place and that I take a few minutes each day to do something nice for myself. But most of all it has taught me to appreciate my family, friends and even strangers. While a lot of people talk about the negative comments they get, I am trying to focus on the positives. The support I have received is amazing and I couldn’t do this without it. You all know who you are, THANK YOU!

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Negative. It really isn’t much of a surprise since I have been testing early and often (maybe goes back to my Chicago roots, haha). But it still hurts a lot. We had such high hopes that this cycle would work. But, it didn’t and now I am just ready to move on.

We just have to wait for AF to show so I can call and schedule my monitoring appointments and order my meds. I am really hoping she shows before tonight…my best friend is coming over and bringing me Ben & Jerry’s and I think a little wine would go nicely with that. LOL!

I think we are going to go with the same meds this next round, but if it doesn’t work again I am going to push for moving on up to injectables. Here’s hoping my lining will be a bit better this time. I am going to possibly do some supplements to help out with that.

Thanks for all the support through this first IUI cycle, it helped a lot and at least now we know what to expect.

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Brian and I finally tied the knot. We have been together for a long time….almost 17 years and have had many ups and downs, triumphs and defeats. But through it all we have held each other up, laughed, joked and wiped each other’s tears. We are having kind of low key day for our anniversary. Since we are doing the fertility treatments we decided on no gifts and just a quiet dinner out.

Here is my favorite photo from our wedding! It was such an amazing day.

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We were hoping for a different type of anniversary present, a positive pregnancy test. I am now 12 days past my IUI and chances are pretty high that if I was pregnant a test would be positive today. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Now it could be too soon, the doctor told me to test on Friday, so I guess there is still a chance. Sadly though I am having symptoms of my cycle coming to an end, so it is doubtful.

I was sad, but resolved to try again. I am going to contact the clinic shortly and talk about possibly changing up my meds for this next round. Since my lining was on the thin side, I am concerned that it might make it harder for an embryo to implant. Mine was 6.5 mm the day before the trigger, most RE’s like to see it 8 or over. Clomid is notorious for thinning one’s lining, so I might see about supplements or even possibly using injectables this time around. We shall see what they suggest and when I know the timeline I will be sure to update. 🙂

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`I have gotten 2 skeins done so far for the Tour de Fleece 2009!

One is a gorgeous navajo plied skein of Merino/silk from EGMTK, 138 yards of sport to light worsted:

Then this is what I finished today for my day 4 progress, my first yarn for the Breakaway (art yarn) category! It is 98 yards of handspun & hand dyed merino & domestic wool, spun up thick & thin and then plied with a silver thread with silver sequins with beehives & coils! I am so very happy with this yarn!! It is named Festivale!

This past Sunday I had Gnat and her pups, JackJack & Abigail over for a great day of swimming, BBQ & knitting. It was a GORGEOUS day here in FL and was so nice being with friends and watching the silly dogs go crazy in my pool! They just adore swimming. My Nala hid out inside most of the day, she thought they were crazy! LOL!

Here are a few photos of Abby (the golden) & Jack (the black lab)!

That is it for today. Things were going great, I got my nails done, got the spinning done and then we were going to go see the Hangover, but then I just got super tired and didn’t want to deal. Which is a good thing, considering that our garage door spring broke and now hubby’s truck is stuck in the garage. ARGH! Just what we need, another bill to pay. Hopefully it won’t be outrageous. The real estate market here in FL still hasn’t picked up and no money coming in is starting to get old.

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I once again have been a bad blogger and need to get better about it.  This month has just been insane with guests in 24 out of the 30 days (some are here now).   I will try to make some more time for this and the shop soon.

I do need good thoughts/prayers/vibes whatever you do for our little girl, Sasha.  She is the one that was diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease and has actually done well with it so far, but she is now very ill.  Nala our other minpin got sick last week and now it has hit Sasha hard and she isn’t eating, shaking, has a fever and is just not doing well at all.  Nala seems to be much better though, so that is good.  Sasha is at the vet right now with Brian and I am hoping it is just a little bug and they can give her something for the diarreha since it is constant and quite bad (sorry for the TMI).  Thank you all.

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For some reason I have been totally “down in the dumps” lately and I have no clue why.  It sucks and I have been neglecting my friends, family and blog.  Hopefully I can get out of this funk soon, because it sucks.  Meh!

 Well today is Miss Bella’s surgery for her spay, microchip and softpaws, she is there right now having it done and I hope to hear something soon.  I know it has to be done, but I just worry since she is such a tiny baby still.

Hopefully she will be home soon and purring away.  And content so I can go to my SnB meeting tonight, I need some away time.  LOL!

Speaking of SnB, here is the latest project I am working on!  I finally casted on my Lady Eleanor and I love how she is coming out.  Entrelac is so much fun to knit and really keeps your interest!  It is going so quickly so far and I am loving the Noro Silk Garden I chose.

Here is my latest spinning!  Flamingo Bay—252 yards of fingering weight….65% Merino, 15% Colonial and 20% Tencel from Copperpot on Etsy!

I am really happy with how it came out.  I am work on another yarn right now that I can’t wait to put up, it will be fantastic I think!

I also have been updating my Etsy shop with 6 new rovings and 2 bags of locks.  Here are two of my faves!

 Love Bites—-5oz of Falklands roving

And Psychedelic—3 oz of Mohair Locks

Along those lines, I had to reorder wool today for my shop since I just sold off the last pound to a buyer in Romania of all places!!  🙂  So I went ahead and finally ordered a full bump of the domestic wool roving.  A full bump consists of TWENTY-SEVEN POUNDS!!!!!!!!!  I think I am freaking insane!

Also on the insane front, I just ordered a new carder, yup not too long after my first one, I ordered a new one.  AAAAHHHHH!!!!  I love my Louet Jr…..but a production model it is not and it just wasn’t fitting the bill for what I needed for my shop.  So I ordered one of these!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Yes it is a freaking Strauch’s Finest!!!  OMG I am drooling over the photos and cannot wait for it to be here.  And best of all, I ordered it from fellow Etsy-er, Artclub and she is throwing in 2 pounds of mixed fibers to boot!  I am so stoked!!!  Crazy, but stoked!!!  🙂

So be on the lookout for new fantastical batts to be coming to my little shop soon!  YEAH!

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Today I had my first shop update in a long time, 4 new rovings and much more to come.  Including some locks that are dyeing right now!  Here are the new fuzzies!

Sugalite–6 oz of hand-dyed merino roving in purples and blues.

Amaranth–3.8 oz of hand-dyed Falklands roving in purples and fuschia.

 

Frogger—4 oz of hand-dyed Falklands roving in shades of green. 

 

Mali–roving in shades of green, blue, purple and fuschia.

 Much more to come in the following days and weeks, including art yarn kits, Valentine’s Day batts and other specials!

On to my good news……the dogs and kitty are finally getting along.  We all actually slept in the same bed for the first time since Bella joined our family.  Last night we didn’t, but that is only because Bella kept swatting at Sasha trying to get her to play, but it hurts because of her claws.  I have the SoftPaws sitting here and they will be put on at the vet’s next week, so that should help.  But no more segregated house for us!  Woohoo!  Bella chases them around and just wants to play now.  It makes me feel like we definitely did the right thing by taking her in.  I couldn’t imagine life without her!

Next week I go in for my lung function test, so we shall see if I finally am better and if I get a diagnosis of asthma or not.  Hopefully I can at least get some good allergy meds, since I have been suffering lately.  I am just glad that life is evening out around here.

Best of all our SnB group that meets every Wednesday at Panera by Tyrone Mall from 6:30-9:30pm is going great, I have finally made some awesome friends down here and look forward to it every week.  Come and join us if you like! 

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